Icebreaker activities for the classroom
The new school year brings new students and new opportunities. It’s essential to spend time during the first few weeks getting to know your students. You can do that with these First Day Icebreaker Activities.
I love learning about my students’ stories. Use these icebreaker activities in your classroom to learn exciting facts about your students.
Icebreaker Activity #1
This one is a classic. Give your students the Find Someone Who printable. Give them time to walk around the room, asking their classmates if they meet the descriptions provided. You can join in on the fun too. Allow the winner to share who they found for each description. Feel free to allow the students to elaborate. For example, let the student that read a book series share what they read.
Icebreaker Activity #2
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible to the visible.” Tony Robbins
Writing down goals allows students to reflect on what they hope to achieve throughout the school year. It is necessary to include academic and non-academic goals. This process teaches you much about your students, their wishes, and their dreams. You can use this information to motivate them throughout the year.
Icebreaker Activity #3
Are you looking for unique icebreaker activities? Playing Who Would’ve Guessed is a fun improv game that creates many laughs. In this game, students will write three interesting facts about themselves that no one else would know. You will then select one fact and choose three students to come to the front of the room. The fact must be valid for only one student. However, all three students will pretend the fact is one that they wrote. Two will have to make up a believable story on the spot, while one student will tell the truth. Give each student time to explain to the class why the fact is “true” for them. Then, the listening students must guess who is telling the truth. After the students decide, ask the three in the front to reveal who was telling the truth. You may be shocked!
Use these icebreaker activities in your classroom to promote a safe and fun learning environment.
Icebreaker Activity #4
You’ll want to set the classroom expectations on the first day of school. This first-day icebreaker activity helps develop the classroom culture. Students will write about the classroom culture they desire. You can use this activity to create classroom expectations with student input.
Icebreaker Activity #5
Have you ever played Would You Rather? Well, this activity puts a new spin on it. This icebreaker activity for your classroom uses this game to explore learning styles. Students can move around the room to show their learning preferences. It gets the students up and moving while reflecting on how they learn best, and you, as the teacher, discover the best instruction methods for your students.
Understanding learning styles is so important. I remember incorporating many kinesthetic teaching methods and wondering why I had so little participation. It was because most of my class preferred visual and intrapersonal learning styles. You can dig deeper into this icebreaker activity by asking students additional questions about their learning preferences.
These first-day icebreaker activity ideas will help you build relationships with your students and create a positive classroom community.